Monday, February 27, 2012

And the Last one - for now!

I've been sharing the different looks changing your Designer Papers can give you for a project.

Here's the last portfolio I made, using the Everyday Enchantment DSP and several of the colors used in that paper.

This one turned out to be my favorite - and when I shared it at a demonstrator gathering earlier this week, they all seemed to agree with me.

Wanna see?

Isn't it gorgeous? I used a lot of pearls to decorate the roses on the centerpiece of this one, as well as one of the new GIANT pearls on the ribbon.

And, of course, the Labels Framelits, and the Poppy Parade twill ribbon, as well as some of that yummy new pleated satin ribbon and the new flower punch.

Here are the top and bottom insides of this one, as well.

I'm always amazed at how changing something as simple as the Designer paper or the color of the card stock can make such a difference in the final project!

But that's why I'm a papercrafter!

How about you - why are YOU a papercrafter? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

A Different Look

In my last post, I showed you the portfolio I'd copied from a swap that a friend got at Leadership this year.

It wowed me so much, I came home and recreated it - hopefully, to a T. At least that was my goal...

And after I'd done that one, I decided to try it using Beau Chateau DSP and several colors that are used in that paper.

Here's what I came up with!

I also used the Beau Chateau Side Notes to decorate it, along with some hearts I'd made using the Hearts Collection embosslit, as well as the Labels Collection Framelits.

Here's the top inside of this version:

And the bottom interior:

Doesn't it look ENTIRELY different than the one I made using the Mocha Morning DSP?

I was amazed!

And in my NEXT post, I'll show you the version I made using that AWESOME Sale-A-Bration DSP - Everyday Enchantment

Think that one might be my favorite! Come back and check it out!

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Some Stamped Projects

When we go to any Stampin' Up! event, swapping just a matter of course. You can ALWAYS count on someone having something they've created to swap, if you have something in exchange.

My friend Joanna likes to get into specialized, organized swaps. And she gets some really cute things, that I get to share and take pictures of. And, if I'm of a mind to, I can come home and recreate it from the pictures - well, OK, sometimes I can re-create them from my photos.

I've gotten better over the years at taking photos of the projects to make it easier to do that.

This year Joanna came back to the hotel room with her swaps and one of them just blew my socks off!

I took pix - and came home, and my other friend, Patti, and I independently re-created it. I've only seen Patti's initial pictures of her "portfolio", but they look really close to my pictures, so I guess we're both on the right track!

Wanna see the one that knocked my socks off?

Here it is:

Isn't it gorgeous?

It's what I call a portfolio, and has cards inside.

Here are the photos of both the upper and lower parts.

It was created with Basic Black, Crumb Cake, and Very Vanilla cardstock, along with Mocha Morning DSP.

It also used Established Elegence stamp set, along with the Designer Frames and Vintage Wallpaper embossing folders. And, of course, several of our current ribbons and other embellishments.

I had a lot of fun making this creation, so after I created this one, I decided to do the same thing with different Designer Series Papers (DSP).

You'll be amazed at how different this same project looks, using different colors and Designer Papers!

I'll share that in my next post, so be sure to come back and see it!

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Friday, February 24, 2012

The 2012 Family Calendar

When I posted last, I shared one of the pages from this year's Family Calendar.

I've made this calendar for us (and/or for ME) for about 10 years now. It's always fun and it ALWAYS takes me forever to be satisfied with my creation - seems like there's always one more thing I'd like to do before I'll consider it finished...

And then one day, I look at a REAL calendar and realize I'd better get this thing finished, or it's going to qualify for NEXT year's calendar!

I finally reached that point with this year's calendar and submitted it to be printed.

I debated whether or not to go ahead and order the other three copies at the same time - I had planned to get my proto-type printed and then make corrections where necessary.

But, at the last minute I decided, what the heck, just go for it! So, I ordered all four copies.

I'm very pleased with the final results!

Oh sure, there are a few things I'll change for next year's calendar - like not make the photos so small. My old eyes can barely see them - and I worked with them full size, so I KNOW those pictures! But my brother commented about the same thing, so, yes, next year, I'll be a little more selective about the photos AND their size!

Want to see a couple of pages from this year's calendar?

This is the calendar page for July. I walked across the stage at Convention this year, having earned my 20 year pin with Stampin' Up! YES! I can't believe it myself... Seems like just yesterday I was a novice demonstrator...

I've had a lot of fun being a demonstrator and met some of the nicest people because of it! Most of my current close friends are fellow demonstrators! It just seems to work that way... Maybe because we're all crazy about the same thing - those funky little rubber stamps! Ha ha

And of course, my Kidz have all become "demonstrators" as well - look at Melie sitting in a shoebox - being my current shoebox swap! Thank goodness no one took me up on that! I'd miss him!

And I really like the picture of Smudge, looking down at me from on top of the patio roof... She's so silly...

Here's another page from the calendar:

These are photos from my Alaskan cruise last August with my brother and sister-in-law. I took Flat Mamma (my mom) along too - so she could enjoy it with us. And I took a few pictures of the food they served on the ship. That desert was called the Love Boat or something like that - and it was delicious!

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